Senna

  • SCIENTIFIC NAMES: Cassia acutifolia; Cassia angustifolia; Cassia obtusifloia; Cassia senna; Cassia tora; Senna alexandrina; Senna obtusifolia; Senna tora
  • INDICATIONS: Laxative, cathartic, cholagogue, purgative
  • SYNONYM: Caesalpiniaceae; Fabaceae
  • CLASS: Stimulant laxative
  • HALF-LIFE: N/A
CLINICALLY IMPORTANT, POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS INTERACTIONS WITH:

Squill

Part used: Leaves and/or seed pods. Prolonged or excessive laxative use can lead to electrolyte and fluid disturbances, development of carthartic colon, and possible increased risk of colorectal cancer. Treatment should be limited to 8 to 10 days.

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SKIN
CARDIOVASCULAR
NEUROMUSCULAR/SKELETAL
GASTROINTESTINAL/HEPATIC
OTHER


Page last updated 12/05/2014

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Incidence info

  • <1%
  • 1-5%
  • 5-10%
  • 10-15%
  • 15-20%
  • 20-30%
  • >30%

Seriousness info

  • Hospitalization possible
  • Life threatening
  • Fatal

Warnings in other populations info

  • Breast feeding
  • Geriatric
  • Pediatric